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Soundtrack review: Infini (Brian Cachia – 2015)

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“Infini” is the story of an elite search and rescue team which goes on an off world mining facility to rescue the lone survivor of a biological outbreak. Movies with this kind of plot usually have great scores because the composer, in this case Brian Cachia, can use his or her imagination to create his own special world.

The prologue is very “Alien” like and I like the mood it sets. It’s something that invites you in even if you know things might go bad. The tone of the prologue is such that it gives me hope that I can defeat whatever is coming, the threats might not be so big. “First day” intensifies this feeling with the echo of a female voice in the background. I like the way this score develops because there is a sense of buildup, of evolution in its sound from ambient to menacing. By the time we get to “We gotta jump now” the evolution has been gradual so the ominous “braaaam” rhythm of this cue, reminiscent of recent Hans Zimmer score fits right in.

Brian Cachia’s music doesn’t hide behind fancy sound effects and it doesn’t try to be more than it should be. The cues are slim, effective and exciting. This sound makes me think of the good old RCP Sci-fi sound we’ve been hearing lately and this is a good thing. As with many scores that tell stories set in space, the music could also work very well on a video game. It doesn’t get in the way and it creates a very compelling atmosphere. I feel the thick pressure and the need to always stay alert.

The horror moments are very welcomed and they do enough to make me feel like part of the team. “Life is about choices” begins in a way that makes me feel as if there’s something huge and aggressive coming from the distance. I can’t see yet the threat but I know it’s there and I know it’s getting close. The composer uses a constant pounding rhythm which then dissolves as the sound is getting closer and louder. This cue really made me feel something.

The entire score makes me feel actually. And this is what film music should be all about. The atmospheric beauty that is “Suicide speech” alone is worth the price of the score. “Infini” doesn’t fall in the trap of becoming generic and even gets close in some moments to the highest standards set by scores like “Gravity” or “Sunshine”. It plays with the listener’s emotions; it scares, it charms, it brings regret and it creates something everyone can relate to. Everyone who enjoys dark ambient music that is, make no mistake.

The final few cues of the score, from “Suicide speech” on are the most memorable. They play for me like an atmospheric suite that gives me the feeling of motion in space, of something floating eternally towards a predefined fate. I will have no problems adding them to a playlist that features the final cues from “Gravity” as well. Check “Infini” out if you are looking for a very good Sci-fi horror score that keeps it calm and quiet but just as efficient.

Cue rating: 89 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 22 / 40

Album excellence: 56%

Highlights:

We Gotta Jump Now

Montoli’s Payload

Life Is About Choices

The Descent

Suicide Speech

At Whits End

Resurrection

They Said You Were Gone

Alpha Finale

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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